DU QUOIN — William Raymond Gross Jr., 77, of O'Fallon, born Monday, July 14, 1941, in Du Quoin, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Maryville.
Ray was a member of the American Legion and the United Mine Workers Association.
He adored and loved his grandchildren, as well as his great-grandchildren. Ray was always on the road to attended his grandchildren's events. He enjoyed all sports but was an avid Cubs fan who loved his dog and companion, Rizzo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gloria Clevenger Gross, and Ray and Vivian Gross.
Ray is survived by two children, Bill Gross of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Nancy (Mark) Deterding of O'Fallon; one sister, Lynn (Mark) Woodside of Du Quoin; and four brothers, David (Linda) Gross of Pinckneyville, Jeff (Ray) Gross of Maryville, Clyde (Anita) Gross of Du Quoin, and John (Lori) Gross of Du Quoin; four grandchildren, Cassandra Day, Caleb Day, Eric Deterding and Bradley Deterding; and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at St. Nicholas Brewing Company, 12 S. Oak St., Du Quoin.
In honor of Ray, memorials may be made to Perry County Humane Society at http:/www.perrycountyhumanesocietyil.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.
Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.